Thursday, November 17, 2005

It is a curious thing...

This article called "Lack of curiosity is curious" is a worthy read. It highlights our culture's tendency towards not caring about knowing and learning.

"...such ignorance isn't new -- students have always possessed far less knowledge than they should, or think they have. But in the past, ignorance tended to be a source of shame and motivation. Students were far more likely to be troubled by not-knowing, far more eager to fill such gaps by learning. As one of my reviewers, Stanley Trachtenberg, once said, "It's not that they don't know, it's that they don't care about what they don't know."

Years ago, a man was held in high esteem if he was educated, even if he was not wealthy. In my opinion, we have entered an era of "personality" where rather than respecting skill or education, we respect people who have charisma, charm and power. The desire to learn and grow has fallen by the wayside.

As a homeschooling parent, my desire is to teach my kids to love learning and to see it as a life-long endeavor. I am blessed with kids who are curious and my hope is that the education we provide them is a stimulus toward further learning. High school diplomas and college degrees bring just a sampling of the wealth of information available to us, they are just the beginning.
"The notion of an aspirational culture, in which one endeavors to learn what is right, proper and important in order to make something more of himself, is past."

This culture is only in the past if we let it be!